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Escher Tower

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jduartemiller avatar jduartemiller
Level 66 : High Grandmaster Architect
This project was based on the idea of how a skyscraper should respond to the various gravity and wind loads a building will have to stand up against. Bjarke Ingels states in the project description that they looked at how skyscrapers are typically designed. When a building reaches a certain height, the gravity load, meaning the weight of the building, no longer is the primary load on the building. Wind pressing on the facade of the building becomes far greater as the height increases. Looking to the American skyscraper, which tends to be a square base (think Willis Tower, 1 WTC, the original WTC towers, Aon Center in both LA and Chicago), they are designed to always have a strong footing no matter the direction of wind, there is no "weak" side to the tower. But the problem with these is that they have to have a large floor space for the tower's shape, which lends to a heavy reliance of mechanical means of ventilation and lighting. A Scandinavian building (as this was designed for Copenhagen, Denmark), skyscrapers tend to be rectangular and fairly narrow to allow light and decent cross-ventilation into the building (limiting the need for mechanical intervention), but this means that only two sides are technically strong against the wind, and the other two don't have as strong of a footing. This creates a serious engineering problem. The Escher tower (named for M.C. Escher, as the tower had a resemblance to one of his drawings) keeps the narrow profile, but twists 90 degrees allowing for the sides with the most wind load to orient themselves to the strongest footing. Designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Dimensions: 55 x 57 x 190

Using the High Rossferry City Texture Pack
Thank you to Darkone55

Creative Commons License
Escher Tower by jduartemiller is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Additional Notes

Also, check out Ryermeke's awesome interpretation of the Escher Tower. We used the same references at big.dk. He has some great work.

And thank you everyone. This made it on to the popular reel for projects

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06/28/2015 11:31 am
Level 1 : New Network
Vicomou avatar
What is you texture pack?
11/29/2013 10:15 pm
Level 70 : Legendary Architect
Ryer avatar
i inspired you to build this i just realized
11/19/2013 6:05 pm
Level 70 : Legendary Architect
Ryer avatar
11/19/2013 6:03 pm
Level 70 : Legendary Architect
Ryer avatar
Nice job! sorry it took a while to reply... internet trouble. Its nice tho the shape isn't all correct but nice job anyway
11/18/2013 12:58 pm
Level 32 : Artisan Toast
WeisbrotAG237 avatar
its looking bored withought render :O look at the shemagic :O
11/18/2013 11:28 am
Level 61 : High Grandmaster Architect
Tiresh avatar
Yeah yeah, great build and stuff, but you should also post at least one vanilla unedited picture so people can see how it really looks like, without all the effects.
11/19/2013 6:04 pm
Level 70 : Legendary Architect
Ryer avatar
i did the same builde, mostly, and i didnt use the render stuff. theres a link to it in the discription of this one.
11/18/2013 11:43 am
Level 32 : Artisan Electrician
RustyTurkeyBrain avatar
Exactly my thoughts. Any old build can look great with all the fancy renders. I'm not criticizing the build, it's just not a real reflection of the build as it actually is.
11/17/2013 10:37 pm
Level 10 : Journeyman Miner
Yarck avatar
grats on pop real!
11/17/2013 10:34 pm
Level 19 : Journeyman Engineer
Braylin2444 avatar
World Download?
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